Toronto Dominion Centre (also
known as TD Centre)
66 Wellington Street West
Ontario M5K 1A1
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
The TD Centre consists of six
towers: the Ernst & Young Tower, Royal Trust Tower, Canadian Pacific
Tower, 95 Wellington, Maritime Life Tower, and the tallest of them all,
the TD Bank Tower. Aside from these six towers, there is a pavilion at the
base of the TD Bank Tower that houses the TD Canada Trust Main Branch
(known as the Toronto Dominion Main Branch).
"The two-storey banking
hall in the plaza is among the best spaces Mies ever made. As you are
visiting the branch you will find yellow flowers in a fishbowl vase on
the service counters just where Mies had put them."
(from Globe and Mail, November 4, 2002)
The original idea for the TD
Centre was to create the largest concrete building in the British
Commonwealth at that time. With the advent of several obstacles despite
key connections, the original idea was scrapped and Mies van der Rohe
entered into the picture. The TD Centre was commissioned by Allen Lambert,
the chairman of the Toronto Dominion Bank until his retirement in 1978.
The building features the
typical Mies van der Rohe's black steel I-shaped beam on the facade. The
building is basically comprised of black steel elements and glazing.
Also as part of the complex, the
old Toronto Stock Exchange building was incorporated and converted into
the Design Exchange building that can be accessed from Bay Street or
inside the complex.
There are many renovations
ongoing in the underground levels but the main structure and facades
remain the way they were since the 1960s.
Wilma Kwan 2003 (updated 2008)
How to visit
The TD Centre is located in the
block surrounded by Wellington Street to the south, York Street to the
West, Bay Street to the East and King Street to the north.
The underground floor for the TD
Centre connects all 6 towers with series of shops and services. The
connection is part of the PATH system that links portions of Downtown
Toronto through underground shopping corridors. The PATH portion is open
to the public whereas the upper floors are limited to the office
The closest subway stops are St.
Andrew located at University and King, or King station located at King and
Yonge. There is access to the PATH system through these stations.
In summer time, the open area on
ground level often hosts concerts and events during lunch hours.